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by William Shakespeare
directed by Stanley Spenger

Opening Wednesday, July 4th
July 7,8, 14, 15, 21, and 22. At 4 PM
John Hinkel Park, 41 Somerset Place
Berkeley, CA, 94710

Hamlet Facebook PosterActors Ensemble of Berkeley announces  our production of Hamlet, which will be performed at 4 p.m.Saturdays and Sundays, July 7th - July 22nd, opening Wednesday, July 4th, at the wondrous John Hinkel Park Amphitheatre.

The production builds on the version originally produced for radio by the BBC, and will run approximately 90 minutes in two acts with an intermission.  In an innovative twist, the part of Hamlet will be shared among all the 8-10 cast members, at times as an individual, and at times as a chorus, in a manner reminiscent of The Gospel at Colonus.

Our production will be directed by Stanley Spenger, who has had a long career in Bay Area theatre, including directing four previous productions of Hamlet. The founder of Berkeley's Subterranean Shakespeare theatre company, Stanley most recently played the lead in Butterfield 8's production of King Lear.

Hamlet opens Wednesday, July 4th at 4 p.m., with additional performances Saturday and Sunday at 4 p.m. July 7th, 8th, 14th, 15th, 21st and 22nd. All performances are free of charge.

Featuring Zara Chastain as Guildenstern, Ethan Fry as Rosencrantz, Evan Winet as Claudius, Kate McGrath as Ophelia, Jeff Trescott as Polonius, Polina Litvak as Bernardo, Maria Frangos as Gertrude, Sam Logan as Laertes, Ian Wilcox as Horatio, Holly Bradford as Marcellus, and Everyone as Hamlet.

Costumes by Helen Slomowitz assisted by Kacy Dapp. Set design by Elena Childs. Technical direction by Robert Gudmundsson. Stage management by Emma Buechner. Sound design by Jasper Leach. Fight choreography by Meryn MacDougall. Graphic Design by Vicki Victoria. Produced by Michael Cohen and Jerome Solberg.

The venue consists of a series of stone terraces, bring cushions, low lawnchairs, and/or blankets. There will be one 15-minute intermission. Wheelchair accessible, including ADA-approved bathrooms.

Reservations accepted, especially for those with limited mobility - call 510-649-5999 to make a reservation. For more information write This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  Directions and other information at our website, www.aeofberkeley.org Partially supported by a grant from Berkeley Civic Arts Commission.

Upcoming Events:

The Complete Works of William Shakespeare, Abridged, by Singer, Long, and Winfield. Updapted and adapted by Vicki Siegel and Crystal Brown, and directed by Crystal Brown. John Hinkel Park Amphitheatre,  Saturdays and Sundays, August 18th - September 2nd at 4 p.m., plus a final show on Monday, Labor Day, September 3rd, also at 4 p.m.  Free. 

Actors Ensemble is the longest-running theatre organization in Berkeley, founded in 1957. We aim to produce quality theatre emphasizing the ensemble, with a community flavor.

Actors Ensemble
P.O. Box 663
Berkeley, CA 94701

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Thank You

Actors Ensemble of Berkeley is delighted to acknowledge the Berkeley Civic Arts Program and Civic Arts Commission's support in the form of a grant of $8,000.00 awarded in 2017. Also, a thank you to Theatre Bay Area for a grant of $2,500.00.

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Actors Ensemble of Berkeley - P.O. Box 663 - Berkeley - California - 94701 ¦ Our Answering Service: (510) 649-5999 ¦

We are a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Federal Tax ID #946139640, since 04-1967